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Stefano Zacchiroli
Jared K. Smith
Day Sunday
Room H.1302
Capacity 200
Start time 14:00
End time 14:30
Duration 00:30
Track CrossDistro devroom

Distribution collaboration manifesto

The FOSS distribution communities work toward very similar goals: each distribution aims at providing a coherent set of (Free) softwares to their users.

A good deal of work (and patches!) can be shared across distributions and in part already is. The more we collaborate, among us and with our (common!) upstreams, the more we can improve Free Software as a whole. Sometimes, however, social obstacles get in the way of collaboration: volunteers don't like each other or each other distro; they might also easily get "religious" about the everlasting question "which is the best distro out there?".

Understanding why we should collaborate across distros is the first needed step in improving how we collaborate.

  • Would it be useful to establish a "distribution collaboration manifesto" on how we should collaborate across distros and with our upstream?

  • On which shared values should such a manifesto be based? At least the following seem to be reasonable goals: (1) avoiding re-inventing the very same wheels in different distros; (2) increase productive communications on topics of shared interest.

  • ("Respect" has been proposed, but shouldn't we rather speak of "software freedom", "civility", and "collaboration"?)

  • If the goal of the manifesto is worthwhile, how can we practically work towards it?

We would like to discuss these topics with all distribution which will be attending the distribution mini-conference!

Next (up to 3) talks in the same room (H.1302):

When Event Track
14:30-15:00 Who the bloody hell cares about Debian? CrossDistro
15:00-15:30 ZYpp your distro CrossDistro
15:30-16:00 Gumby CrossDistro

Events that start after this one (within 30 minutes):

When Event Track Where
14:30-15:00 Who the bloody hell cares about Debian? CrossDistro H.1302
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14:30-15:00 PHP.reboot Free Java AW1.125
14:30-15:10 Asterisk SCF Development Interfaces Open Source Telephony AW1.124
14:30-15:15 The next desktop is the browser! Crossdesktop H.1309
14:30-15:15 Processing XML with dynamic languages/Perl Perl AW1.126
14:40-14:55 XWiki: Annotating documents, the eXtensible wiki way Lightning Talks Ferrer
14:40-15:00 USB redirection over the network New challenges in Virtualization AW1.105
14:45-15:30 Lightning Talks Mozilla H.1301
14:45-15:30 Helping out in the calc core LibreOffice H.2214
14:45-15:40 Opengazer, dasher and ticker: hands-free error tolerant communication Accessibility AW1.121
15:00-15:30 ZYpp your distro CrossDistro H.1302
15:00-15:15 Mongrel2: Lighting up IPv6 Lightning Talks Ferrer
15:00-15:20 View-OS: userland namespaces? New challenges in Virtualization AW1.105
15:00-15:45 Configuration management for developers Configuration & Systems Management AW1.120
15:00-15:45 Get ready for the PostgreSQL Extension Network PostgreSQL H.2213
15:00-15:50 Linux Disaster Recovery as a Service (with rear) Cloud Chavanne
15:00-15:50 WebODF: an office suite built on browser technology Office Janson
15:00-16:00 Enlightenment Foundation Libraries - for developing shiny, fast, and light applications on embedded targets. Embedded Lameere
15:00-16:00 How to make QA-engineers start drooling CrossDistro H.1308
15:00-16:45 LPI Exam 5 Certification Guillissen